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I strive to create objects that transform the wearer’s everyday understanding of jewelry: bringing an attention and awareness to one’s movement and presence when adorned. With my work, I explore material ambiguity and the physical and emotional connections that occur between the body and jewelry object.

There is a focus on the surface quality of materials and their relationships to one another and the body. The tactile and haptic qualities of material drive my interest in these interactions. Each object contains its own material fictions, where the material and structures begin to travel into a falsehood of sorts; where metal is treated like a textile, linen thread acts as coarse chaining, and delicate enamel works as a means of structural support. In my work, I utilize these fictions to encourage interactions between the jewelry and wearer.

Metal, traditionally perceived as a  “hard material” is transformed into a soft art form like textiles through the utilization of textile techniques. This incorporation of crocheting metal allows for the material to move beyond its traditional applications, and it starts to shift into textiles, which is a medium that also embraces the experience of touch and physical interaction with the individual.

The incorporation of enameling over some of my structures, and leaving others to work as soft crochet forms that still have volume, presence and depth (especially through using black coated wire) draw the viewer in. The incorporation of cotton bookbinding thread also emphasizes the textile like qualities and haptic idiosyncrasies that my pieces have.

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.